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Inventions of the March Hare Poems 1909-1917

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ISBN-10: 0156005875

ISBN-13: 9780156005876

Edition: 1998

Authors: T. S. Eliot, Christopher Ricks

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This extraordinary trove of previously unpublished early works includes drafts of poems such as “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” as well as ribald verse and other youthful curios. “Perhaps the most significant event in Eliot scholarship in the past twenty-five years” (New York Times Book Review). Edited by Christopher Ricks.
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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 472
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

T. S. Eliot is considered by many to be a literary genius and one of the most influential men of letters during the half-century after World War I. He was born on September 26, 1888, in St. Louis, Missouri. Eliot attended Harvard University, with time abroad pursuing graduate studies at the Sorbonne, Marburg, and Oxford. The outbreak of World War I prevented his return to the United States, and, persuaded by Ezra Pound to remain in England, he decided to settle there permanently. He published his influential early criticism, much of it written as occasional pieces for literary periodicals. He developed such doctrines as the "dissociation of sensibility" and the "objective correlative" and elaborated his views on wit and on the relation of tradition to the individual talent. Eliot by this time had left his early, derivative verse far behind and had begun to publish avant-garde poetry (including "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1915), which exploited fresh rhythms, abrupt juxtapositions, contemporary subject matter, and witty allusion. This period of creativity also resulted in another collection of verse (including "Gerontian") and culminated in The Waste Land, a masterpiece published in 1922 and produced partly during a period of psychological breakdown while married to his wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot. In 1922, Eliot became a director of the Faber & Faber publishing house, and in 1927 he became a British citizen and joined the Church of England. Thereafter, his career underwent a change. With the publication of Ash Wednesday in 1930, his poetry became more overtly Christian. As editor of the influential literary magazine The Criterion, he turned his hand to social as well as literary criticism, with an increasingly conservative orientation. His religious poetry culminated in Four Quartets, published individually from 1936 onward and collectively in 1943. This work is often considered to be his greatest poetic achievement. Eliot also wrote poetry in a much lighter vein, such as Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939), a collection that was used during the early 1980s as the basis for the musical, Cats. In addition to his contributions in poetry and criticism, Eliot is the pivotal verse dramatist of this century. He followed the lead of William Butler Yeats in attempting to revive metrical language in the theater. But, unlike Yeats, Eliot wanted a dramatic verse that would be self-effacing, capable of expressing the most prosaic passages in a play, and an insistent, undetected presence capable of elevating itself at a moment's notice. His progression from the pageant The Rock (1934) and Murder in the Cathedral (1935), written for the Canterbury Festival, through The Family Reunion (1939) and The Cocktail Party (1949), a West End hit, was thus a matter of neutralizing obvious poetic effects and bringing prose passages into the flow of verse. Recent critics have seen Eliot as a divided figure, covertly attracted to the very elements (romanticism, personality, heresy) he overtly condemned. His early attacks on romantic poets, for example, often reveal him as a romantic against the grain. The same divisions carry over into his verse, where violence struggles against restraint, emotion against order, and imagination against ironic detachment. This Eliot is more human and more attractive to contemporary taste. During his lifetime, Eliot received many honors and awards, including the Nobel Prize for literature in 1948.

Chronology of T. S. Eliot's Poems 1905-1920
Inventions of the March Hare
Convictions (Curtain Raiser)
First Caprice in North Cambridge
Fourth Caprice in Montparnasse
Second Caprice in North Cambridge
Interlude in London
Mandarins: 1 Stands there, complete
Mandarins: 2 Two ladies of uncertain age
Mandarins: 3 The eldest of the mandarins
Mandarins: 4 Still one more thought for pen and ink!
Easter: Sensations of April: [I] The little negro girl who lives across the alley
Easter: Sensations of April: II Daffodils
Goldfish (Essence of Summer Magazines): I Always the August evenings come
Goldfish (Essence of Summer Magazines): II Embarquement pour Cythere
Goldfish (Essence of Summer Magazines): III On every sultry afternoon
Goldfish (Essence of Summer Magazines): IV Among the debris of the year
Suite Clownesque: I Across the painted colonnades
Suite Clownesque: II Each with a skirt just down to the ancle
Suite Clownesque: III If you're walking down the avenue
Suite Clownesque: IV In the last contortions of the dance
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock lines 1-69
Prufrock's Pervigilium
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock resumed
Entretien dans un parc
Interlude: in a Bar
Paysage Triste
Suppressed Complex
In the Department Store
The Little Passion: From "An Agony in the Garret"
While you were absent in the lavatory
The Burnt Dancer
First Debate between the Body and Soul
Bacchus and Ariadne: 2nd Debate between the Body and Soul
The smoke that gathers blue and sinks
He said: this universe is very clever
Inside the gloom
Oh little voices of the throats of men
The Love Song of St. Sebastian
Do I know how I feel? Do I know what I think?
Hidden under the heron's wing
O lord, have patience
Airs of Palestine, No.2
Petit Epitre
Tristan Corbiere
The Engine I-II
In silent corridors of death
Two Facsimiles
Poems excised from the Notebook
The Triumph of Bullshit
Ballade pour la grosse Lulu
Fragments: There was a jolly tinker came across the sea
[Columbo and Bolo verses]
The text - as it first stood in the Notebook or the loose leaves - of Humouresque (published 1910) and of the poems (here in the order of the volume) in Prufrock and Other Observations (1917)
Humouresque (After J. Laforgue)
Rhapsody on a Windy Night
Morning at the Window
Mr. Apollinax
Conversation Galante
The text - as it first stood in the loose leaves - of the poems in Poems (1919), Ara Vos Prec (1920), and Poems (1920)
Burbank with a Baedeker: Bleistein with a Cigar
Sweeney Erect
A Cooking Egg
Melange Adultere de Tout
Lune de Miel
Dans le Restaurant
Whispers of Immortality
Mr. Eliot's Sunday Morning Service
Sweeney Among the Nightingales
Influence and influences
TSE on the situation of poetry circa 1910
TSE on debts, including that to Dante
TSE on the borrowing of writers from themselves
TSE on the Elizabethans and Jacobeans
TSE on the poets of the Nineties
TSE on Arthur Symons, The Symbolist Movement in Literature, and on France and the French Symbolists
TSE on Bergson and Bradley
Index to the Editorial Material
Index of Titles and First Lines